SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SSAT Middle Level Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #101 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

JUSTIFIED

Possible Answers:

Indignant

Surprised

Illegal

Holy

Righteous

Correct answer:

Righteous

Explanation:

Someone who is "justified" in his/her behavior is righteous or morally correct. "Surprised" means shocked, showing surprised. "Indignant" means angry or annoyed at unfairness. "Holy" and "evil" are antonyms, as are "illegal" and "legal."

Example Question #102 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

ISOLATED

Possible Answers:

Judgmental

Humorous

Chivalrous

Costly

Solitary

Correct answer:

Solitary

Explanation:

"Isolated" and "solitary" both mean alone and far away from others. "Humorous" means funny, chivalrous means knightly or noble, and "judgmental" means critical. "Costly" is another word for expensive.

Example Question #103 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

ABRASIVE

Possible Answers:

Quizzical

Grating

Impoverished

Loving

Dishonest

Correct answer:

Grating

Explanation:

"Abrasive" means grating or rough and is often used to describe people, sounds, and surfaces such as sandpaper. "Quizzical" is another word for puzzled. "Dishonest" is the antonym of "honest," "loving" is the antonym of "hating," and "impoverished" means poor.

Example Question #104 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

ECCENTRIC

Possible Answers:

Tough

Oval

Scornful

Ruddy

Strange

Correct answer:

Strange

Explanation:

"Eccentric" means slightly strange and unconventional, unusual. "Ruddy" means red, oval is a rounded oblong shape, and scornful means contemptuous. "Tough" means durable, strong, or sturdy, depending on context.

Example Question #105 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

MANLY

Possible Answers:

Cowardly

Systematic

Brave

Masculine

Awful

Correct answer:

Masculine

Explanation:

"Masculine" and "manly" are synonyms. "Brave" means courageous, "cowardly" means faint-heartedly, and "awful" means terrible. Something "systematic" is organized, methodical, or closely following a plan or system.

Example Question #106 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

PRUDENT

Possible Answers:

Wise

Knotty

Rosy

Smoggy 

Reckless

Correct answer:

Wise

Explanation:

Someone who is "prudent" shows wisdom and good judgment. Someone who is "reckless" takes risks and lacks caution. Something "knotty" (such as a problem) is difficult to entangle. "Rosy" means red or rose-colored, and smoggy describes polluted gray fog.

Example Question #107 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

SAGE

Possible Answers:

Speckled

Luscious

Camouflaged

Wise

Hungry

Correct answer:

Wise

Explanation:

Used as an adjective, "sage" means very wise. "Camouflaged" means hidden by blending in with the surrounding environment. "Speckled" means dotted or spotted, "hungry" means wanting or needing food, and" luscious" (often used to describe food) means delicious or lush.

Example Question #108 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

NOSTALGIC

Possible Answers:

Amiable

Juvenile

Scrawny

Friendly

Sentimental

Correct answer:

Sentimental

Explanation:

"Nostalgic" and "sentimental" both indicate a feeling of tenderness, longing, or sweet sadness, often for bygone eras. "Scrawny" means thin and undernourished, and "juvenile" means young or immature. "Amiable" and "friendly" are synonyms.

Example Question #109 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

STEADFAST

Possible Answers:

Faithless

Loyal

Sporty

Heavy

Lucky

Correct answer:

Loyal

Explanation:

"Steadfast," "loyal," and "faithful" all mean committed to a person or cause in an unwavering manner. "Faithless" is an antonym of this concept. "Heavy" and "light" are antonyms, as are "lucky" and "unlucky."

Example Question #110 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

NOBLE

Possible Answers:

Gruesome

Nutty 

Abnormal

Worried

Virtuous

Correct answer:

Virtuous

Explanation:

"Noble" and "virtuous" both describe someone who is highly ethical and morally upstanding. "Gruesome" means grisly or frightful, and "worried" means concerned or nervous. "Abnormal" means unusual or strange. "Nutty" can mean either peculiar or tasting like nuts, depending on whether it describes a person or a food.

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